Extreme weather response (ERW) shelters in Delta will be open tonight and through the weekend.
On Friday (Jan. 21), the Homelessness Services Association of BC issued an extreme weather response alert due to overnight temperatures at or below 0 C. As a result, shelters in North Delta and Ladner will open Friday night and remain open overnight through to at least Monday morning, and tentatively Monday night as well.
The North Delta ERW shelter, located at New Hope Church (11838 88th Ave.), opened its doors for the first time on Dec. 15, providing refuge for up to 15 people. It is open nightly from 9:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Guests will be provided a hot meal at night and breakfast to go in the morning, along with fresh socks, toiletries and other essential items. As well, those who stay at the shelter will be offered bus tickets and gift cards when they leave.
The site is also pet friendly, though animals must be on a leash or in a kennel while in the building, and can accommodate couples.
The building is not wheelchair accessible, however, and does not offer showers, laundry facilities or cart storage onsite.
To contact the shelter, call 604-970-4150.
The South Delta EWR shelter at Ladner United Church (4960 48th Ave. in Ladner) is open from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., has room for up to five guests and can accommodate couples.
The site, which is operated by Options Community Services and funded by BC Housing, offers showers and laundry facilities, and is also pet friendly, though animals must be on a leash or in a kennel while in the building.
Guests will also be offered refreshments, as well as bus tickets and gift cards when they leave.
The building is not wheelchair accessible, however, and does not offer cart storage onsite.
To contact the shelter, call 604-599-8900.
For shelter availability, call or text bc211 at 211, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or live chat at bc211.ca/bc211chat.
For more information on shelters in Delta, visit delta.ca/community-culture/social-planning/shelters-delta.
For information about emergency supports and community services in Delta, the city has published the You Matter to Delta Pocket Guide. The guide, last updated in July, is available at delta.ca/community-culture/social-planning/social-services-infrastructure.
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